New Delhi, April 2: The pace spearhead for Kolkata Knight Riders Mitchell Johnson who will be the key figure in the new ball bowlers department following the Mitchell Starc injury has joined the franchise ahead of the Indian Premier League 2018.

“Made it to Kolkata, #day1 #kkr,” Johnson tweeted.

Later, franchise CEO, Venky Mysore took to social media and welcomed the Australia speedster. “Welcome Mitch! Great to have you on the team”

Earlier, West Indies mystery spinner Sunil Narine, who displayed some prolific batting in top order during the previous season has joined the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) training camp at the Wankhede Stadium for upcoming the Indian Premier League 2018 season.

Alongside, Narine who looked hard to be picked up by batsman of any stature, Andre Russel — who was retained by the side ahead of the Indian Premier League 2018 auction, hard-hitting middle-order batsman Nitish Rana and Under-19 rising bowling star Kamlesh Nagarkoti were also seen sweating at the nets.

Kolkata Knight Riders will begin their 2018 season on April 8 against Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore.